More “Fruehlingzeit” Quilts

23 09 2013

As a follow-on from my previous post, I would like to show more “Fruehlingzeit” quilts.

As a reminder, here is Kim’s awesome quilt. She basically quadrupled the amount of blocks to achieve queen size.


Next pictured is Tashera’s quilt with a nautical theme.

F-zeit Tashera

Tanya selected modern teal and brown prints and tonals.

F-zeit Tanya

Cindy was determined to use scraps from her stash; what a pretty quilt!

F-zeit Cindy

Gina chose teal and lavendar with gold accents.


Genni is peeking over the top of her floral and paisley quilt.

F-zeit Jenny

And Tricia chose earth tones.

F-zeit Trisha

I am so proud of all my students and am intrigued by the fabrics they chose!


Wishing You a Joyous Easter

1 04 2015

DSCN7193During Lent, the 46 days prior to Easter, some churches drape purple fabric over a wooden cross. I am curious about this custom since I grew up attending a small chapel with a non-liturgical service of worship. In addition, I have observed that some churches change the colors of altar cloths based on the liturgical church calendar. Why? As a quilter, I’m all about color, and I want to know what the colors represent.

Here is what my research revealed: Not all Christian churches attach the same symbolism to the colors of the drapes they use. Click here for the informative article I read.

Purple symbolizes repentance, hence it is used during Lent. Purple can also portray royalty if specifically used on Palm Sunday when Christ rode into Jerusalem on a donkey just one week prior to His crucifixion. The crowd hailed their King with palm branches and shouts of “Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.”

The cross can be draped in black on Good Friday to symbolize the darkness of Christ’s sacrifical death on the cross.

On Easter, Resurrection Sunday, white linens will be used.

Red symbolizes the coming of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost. It can also symbolize the blood of the martyrs.

Green altar cloths signify “ordinary time” during the church year, “days that aren’t encompassed by Advent, Lent, Christmas or Easter.”

Blue drapes may be used during Advent, the four weeks that Christians anticipate the coming of Christmas when Jesus’ birth is celebrated.

And now, back to Purple . . .

Tanya asked me to quilt “Fruehlingzeit” (German for “Springtime”) for a former co-worker. Photographing it in the branches of a Bradford Pear in full bloom remind me of the cross draped in purple. The white blossoms herald the coming of Spring and Easter with new life bursting from winter-dead twigs.


For thread, I selected purple and quilted a free-hand, over-all design. See more “Fruehlingzeit” quilts here and here.


Wishing you all a joyous celebration of Christ’s resurrection and the new life He gives.


Floral Fantasy Quilt Show Recap

7 10 2014


The 2014 Heritage Festival at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens was relaxing, informative, and inspiring. Besides viewing quilts curated by the Tarheel Quilters Guild, garden guests could make cornhusk dolls, churn butter, dip beeswax candles, tour a farmhouse and general store, and stroll the immaculately groomed garden paths while listening to tunes from a Dixiland band. Here’s something interesting I learned – –  You can make a healthful tea by boiling green pine needles from a young tree. Sweetened with honey, it’s a palatable antidote for scurvy; Native Americans acquainted early settlers with the recipe.

Several of the quilts I entered in the show received Honorable Mention ribbons. First up is “Garden Pavers.”


“Fall Harvest” received many admiring comments.


And “The Gypsy Wife’s Garden” brightened the corner where it hung!


In addition, my “Fruehlingzeit” wall quilt placed third in its category.


I also photographed some pictures of antique or vintage quilts. It’s always interesting to see the patterns, colors and fabrics quiltmakers of yesteryear used.

Antique "Birds in the Air"

Antique “Birds in the Air”

Antique "Saw Tooth Star"

Antique “Saw Tooth Star”

Vintage "Uneven Nine Patch"

Vintage “Uneven Nine Patch”

And I love this bright flower quilt made by Sana Moulder. It definitely fits the theme “Floral Fantasy.”


All in all, I spent an enjoyable afternoon at the Heritage Festival this year!

Floral Fantasy Quilt Show

3 10 2014

The Floral Fantasy quilt show is happening this weekend at the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, NC. If you live near Fayetteville, please feel welcome to attend! The Botanical Gardens invited my guild, Tarheel Quilters, to stage a quilt show in connection with their annual Heritage Festival. For a fee of $10, you can view the beautiful gardens and the lovely quilts! The address is 536 Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC  28301. The show began Thursday, Oct. 2 and continues through Sunday, Oct. 5, opening at 10 a.m. each day.

I entered eight quilts. Some were made recently, some I completed over ten years ago. The quilt show planners asked for quilts portraying the floral theme, so I rooted through my closet and found those I thought would help round out the display. Would you like to see what I’m entering?


This is my rendition of Jen Kingwell’s “Gypsy Wife” quilt. Isn’t it colorful? Since it contains floral fabrics, I named it “The Gypsy Wife’s Garden.” You can read more about this quilt here.

A quilt show 3

Conny, Helga, and Angela will recognize this one, “Japanese Basket.” It’s our round robin organized by the Log Cabin Ladies of Esslingen, Germany. All the participants used daiwabo fabric provided by the guild.

A quilt show 5

“Friendship Garden” is made from a floral fabric exchange among the Springfield Quilters Unlimited of Northern Virginia about seven years ago. Click on the picture for a close-up view of the floral quilting in the “Snowball Blocks.”

A quilt show 1

If you lived in Stuttgart from ’09 to ’12 and frequented the Patch Barracks Multi-Crafts Center, you might have signed up for the “Fruehlingzeit” sampler quilt class. Read more about this quilt here.

A quilt show 2

“Obst und Gemuese” was also completed in Germany. Birgit sponsored a “basket block” challenge at her shop, Patchcom, in Schoenaich. I fused fruits and vegetables onto a simple patchwork basket, and then I quilted the German names of fruits and vegetables in variegated green thread in the light background area.

A quilt show 4

Here’s an oldie, but goodie. I recently rescued this quilt from my son’s linen closet. (It no longer fit his decorating scheme.) Our quilt group at Ft. Polk, LA exchanged floral and white half square triangles (HSTs). I used my HSTs to make basket blocks. This quilt is so “old,” it’s hand quilted rather than longarmed!


“Garden Pavers” was published in McCall’s Quilting, Sept./Oct. 2013. I wanted the look of “Grandmother’s Flower Garden,” but I didn’t want to spend the time English Paper Piecing the hundreds of hexagons necessary to make a quilt! My solution was to hand applique a small hexagon onto a circle which I then hand appliqued onto a large hexagon. This was a take-along project for two or three years. After making “enough” pieces, I machine sewed them together. I hand appliqued the patchwork to a brown background which formed the borders of the quilt. You can read more about this quilt here.

A quilt show 6

I consider “Fall Harvest” one of my masterpieces. It appeared in Quilters Newsletter beginning in 2000 as a series quilt designed by Ann Seely. Excitedly, I began the project and kept up for awhile. The hand applique slowed me down so much so that I left off one corner. I thought perhaps I would quilt the shapes of the flowers and vegetables in the blank corner. I procrastinated on that idea for two years. Then, in 2009, I decided to just finish the quilt with an all over feather pantograph and be done. Quilters Newsletter has just released the design as a pattern. You, too, can make this quilt!

Stacy at also entered some of her quilts in the Floral Fantasy Show. Click here to see what she submitted.

“Fruelingzeit,” Super-Sized

18 09 2013


Isn’t Kim’s quilt elegant?

About a year ago, I posted pictures of “Fruehlingzeit,” a quilt I designed and taught at the craft shop in Stuttgart, Germany in the Spring of 2012. Kim was an avid student in the class.

Pictured is my sample quilt, made from the “Ruby” fabric line for Moda. You can read about my quilt here.



Kim’s idea was to enlarge the quilt to queen size by making multiples of each of the components. She wanted to make a quilt for her sister in black, gold, and cream. Persistance paid off; the quilt is awesome! Isn’t it amazing that choosing different fabrics changes the mood of the design from “fresh country” to “sophisticated elegance?”

Hubby and I think it looks really nice on our sofa!


I used tan thread and quilted a free-hand design in the border. The interior is quilted with stylized leaves.


Congratulations, Kim, for finishing this super-sized quilt!


Dare to Re-Color

19 09 2012

How many times have you walked into a quilt shop or thumbed through a magazine and seen a quilt you “have” to make? It calls your name and sings your song. You love the colors, the design, and the fabrics. So you search for the exact fabrics, but alas, they are no longer on the quilt shop shelves. Not to be thwarted, you search for the exact shade of red, green, and purple. Neither are these to be had! Don’t give up in frustration. You can still make your dream quilt. I dare you to re-color.

In the September 7 post my “Fruehlingzeit” quilt is pictured. All red, pink, pale blue and fresh green.

Aby’s Fruehlingzeit

See how my friend Gina R. re-colored the quilt with purple, teal and gold. Just lovely!

Gina’s Fruehlingzeit

Think outside of the prescribed crayon box . . . dare to re-color! I think you will discover that you love your rendition of the quilt just as much as the sample or picture that inspired you to make it.

From the Scraps of the Scraps

7 09 2012


I designed and taught “Fruehlingzeit” to Quilters’ Workshop participants in Stuttgart this past spring. The fabrics are from Moda’s “Ruby” line. As always happens, there were scraps, a few Hourglass blocks and a Dresden Plate. These I put to good use making a cheery quilt for a baby girl. It’s backed with leftover backing fabric.

Dresden Medallion

But still, there were enough scraps to make 9 simple blocks if I added some white from my stash. “Aus den Resten, der Reste.” A trip to the fabric shop yielded the perfect pink print for sashing, borders, backing, and binding

Framed squares

But now … I have some scraps of the pink sashing/border print. Hmmm, how shall I incorporate them in my next baby girl quilt?